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Santa Parade, Hometown Hockey, and more weekend fun in Moncton (Nov 23-25)

Well, if the snow doesn’t have you in the holiday mood, this weekend is sure to do it!

As we did last weekend, the holiday events are listed first, followed by the non-holiday options. These are the highlights of what we found; you can always check out MEGA LIST of ideas for places to go with the family and if you have an event to share, please send us the information to be sure it makes the round up!

Thursday night sees the Town of Riverview light up the riverfront. There will be treats, music, and more. The fun begins at the gazebo at 7pm; bring a reusable mug to enjoy hot chocolate, spiced cider, eggnog, coffee and tea! Buddha Bear will be open with the new Gunningsville Warmer on tap, as well as a special coffee with salted caramel and Baileys. East Coast Carolling will be singing along the trail, while Josee Richard and dancers from The School of Atlantic Ballet will perform inside The Cocoa Room. You can also do some Christmas shopping, thanks to Ladybosscollective Events! We’re told it’s as close to Stars Hollow as you’ll find. (PS: Mark your calendars for the town’s amazing Winter Carnival in February for more amazing events!)

Friday morning is the annual Antler Breakfast, a Moncton tradition that unleashes the holiday spirit on downtown while raising funds for a great cause.

Looking for a fun way to pass a PD Day afternoon? Head to Sackville to watch the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Home Alone on the big screen!

Bring your skates and helmet to the official opening of the Ian Fowler Oval on Friday; ceremony at 3pm, skating at 4pm. The skating oval is Dieppe is also open for the season now!

This weekend is the second annual Christmas in Cornhill Craft Market, with lots of local folks selling great gift options. (Speaking of which, have you been following our 12 Days of Local Gifting countdown?! Local parents sharing their picks for local gifts for everyone on your list!) Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Boyle Family Farm is opening its Christmas tree lot this weekend, the Hillside Christmas Tree Farm on Route 126. You can cut your own or choose a pre-cut tree, as well as enjoy farm tours, pony rides, hot cocoa and cider, crafts, and more! They’re open seven days a week until Christmas Eve!

Shopping is also on the schedule at the Moncton Coliseum this weekend with Turner’s at the Coliseum!

Camp Wildwood is holding a fundraising brunch on Saturday; register to enjoy a fantastically festive meal!

Saturday’s big excitement is the Royale Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade! Here’s what you need to know:

  • The route starts at the corner of Cameron Street and makes its way down Main Street, ending at Paul Street. You won’t see Santa on any side street, so stick to Main.
  • The Family Fun Zones this year are along the route: Medavie Blue Cross is sponsoring the fun in front of Moncton City Hall from 4:45-5:15pm, while Tangerine and the City of Dieppe are hosting in front of CF Champlain from 5:15-5:45pm. Expect music, parade mascots, and more!
  • The parade begins at 5pm; some road closures start as early as 1pm, so plan accordingly, and watch to make sure you pick public parking spaces.
  • The City of Moncton’s tree lighting takes place at 5:30pm; Santa is expected to pass by that area around 6pm.
  • There aren’t any fireworks this year.
  • Canada Post carriers are walking the route, accepting letters to Santa.
  • Tim Hortons will again lead the parade to collect non-perishable food, so please bring something if you can!
  • Dress warmly in layers, bring your own glow sticks, respect the people around you, and remember to bring any litter home, please.

The Albert County Museum is hosting its annual Christmas concert Sunday afternoon with lots of fun for the whole family. Children can enjoy an original story by a local young author, cookies and cider, and music by Fundy Ceilidh and Second Cousins. Family tickets are just $25; you can call 734-3105 to reserve.

The annual free (with a donation of a non-perishable food item) concert hosted by Resurgo Place and Symphony New Brunswick’s Ventus Machina takes place Sunday night at the Free Meeting House (next to Resurgo Place). Doors open at 5:30pm; enjoy warm apple cider and treats after the concert in the lobby of Resurgo Place.

And in case you didn’t know, Santa is in residence at both Bass Pro Shops and CF Champlain.

Non-holiday

Saturday and Sunday are all about hockey as the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour makes it way to Dieppe! There will be events at Place 1604 starting at noon on Saturday, with live music, autograph signing with PA Parenteau and Georges Laraque, the Hockey Circus Show, trivia sessions, Playmobil, and more. The fun kicks off again on Sunday at 11am with music by the Divorcees, more signings and fun, and the start of the Hockey Night in Canada pre-show with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone at 3:30, followed by the game and more fun. Everything is free to enjoy!

The Moncton Wildcats have two games this weekend, facing off against Sherbrooke Friday night and hosting Drummondville at 7:30pm on Saturday night.

My HOME Mercantile is celebrating its one year anniversary in Moncton on Saturday with a fantastic sale, giveaways, and more happening in the store on Main Street, starting at 10am!

Saturday afternoon you can enjoy a family concert with Ventus Machina at Resurgo Place; included in the price of admission, with an English presentation at 2pm and a French presentation at 3pm.

The Moncton Public Library is showing Shrek Forever After on the big screen in the afternoon; free for everyone to enjoy, including the popcorn!

On Sunday evening, psychologist Manon Porelle is holding a workshop (in French) on helping children and teenagers deal with and prevent anxiety and stress.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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